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Old 03-17-2014, 10:21 AM  
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SO, about this tension thing I got the DW788 and I really like it, blade change seems easy, really really quiet seems great except the stand is a bit too high (I'll be fixing that soon). The guy told me how he "did" the tensioning. He listens for a specific pitch on the blade when he "twang'd" it.

The tensioner has numbers on it but apparently each blade is different he said so I'm not sure is this the standard way to tension it? I did it on a blade and cut some scrap and it cut so I assume I did OKAY? If it's over tensioned the blades will just break sooner right?

Next question is, how do I know which blades I need? I started reading a magazine on this so I think I'll figure out the TPI and stuff as I go but for the length & I think I need pinless? Is a good brand/Deal?

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Old 03-17-2014, 10:35 AM  
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We found that almost chest height was most comfortable after a while, build a platform to stand on before you lower it. Some blade manufactures have a chart for blade deflection for proper tension but you will get a feel for it, to loose and the blade will flex when turning corners and will cause it to break sooner.
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